When I reflect on what has happened legislatively this past year from my own prospective I think the speed limiter law should not have happened, but here it is and we have it. From what I see maybe 50 – 70% of the trucks in Ontario are compliant at this stage. I would have preferred legislation similar to the EOBR (Electronic On Board Recorder) rules that should be out sometime next year from FMCSA. Their final rule will likely do away with paper logs and will also likely measure speed and distance at the scale, just my guess as to the outcome of the rule, but it makes sense to me that it would look like that. When this rule is passed mechanical speed limiters would be redundant to a large degree as we will have to be compliant to the US rules anyway and we in Canada should have perused such a rule on our own as an alternative to a speed limiter rule.
Can’t smoke in a truck if you’re a provincially regulated carrier, give me a break and get out of my truck and go fix something that is broke, what a crock, this one is around the bend, although I have to admit the restriction on smoking in a vehicle with a child under 16 is all right with me. If you an adult and want to smoke just don’t blow it in my face and I’m okay with that, your call, but with all the science that is well known and accepted as fact that none of should smoke, kids don’t have a vote and responsible folks should not lock their kids up in cars that are full of carbon monoxide and nicotine.
A ban on hand held devices while driving, as much as I hate to admit it is probably a good move, I drove professionally for 10 years and did over a million miles with no accidents, I am proud of that, and all the while I was on the CB, difference was I pressed one button to talk, that’s it. Fast forward to today though and I know myself that when I am in my vehicle and I need to make a call, let’s just say I have lost track of my vehicle in my lane from time to time, Not Good. When I am behind a vehicle that is driving erratically and get a chance to look inside while I navigate around the same car two or three times because they speed up and slow down continually, usually they are on the phone. As I reflect on the situation I consider myself to be a very good driver who, other than a couple speed issues, obeys the rules of the road. Some of these other space cadets have no idea what they’re doing behind the wheel of a vehicle let alone try to find, answer or dial a phone while driving, send an email or text. As you know you see it all as a driver, people watching TV reading books and on and on. Truck drivers have a two-three year exemption for CB radios, keep your eyes open for this when the rules effecting CB’s comes down the pipe, who knows what this might look like.
Finally CSA 2010 (Comprehensive Safety Analysis) in the US, if you go to the web site I gave you and read the information provided it really doesn’t look to bad, if they can pull it off as written. If you are a good carrier or a good driver you should be fine with the new process, in fact for those of you who have been prone to suggesting that we need to chase the bottom dwelling scum suckers out of this industry, this could do it.
Under CSA 2010 drivers will have safety ratings just like carriers do now and as part of the screening process this information can be accessed through the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) data bank, so if a driver has had five jobs in three years and had issues at each carrier it will all be laid out there for the world to see.
This could be a game changer folks, think about what a trial lawyer might do if he sees that a carrier has hired someone with a less than stellar FMCSA safety rating? Carriers who pay less and hire drivers who might work for less because they have a history of problems might be looking for new occupations soon? One can only hope!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr. Ray Haight has enjoyed a successful career in transportation starting as a company driver and Owner Operator logging over one million accident free miles prior to starting his own company. After stepping down from a successful career managing one of Canada’s 50 largest trucking companies, Ray focused on industry involvement including terms as Chairman of each of the following, the Truckload Carriers Association, Professional Truck Drivers Institute, North American Training and Management Institute and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities voluntary apprenticeship of Tractor Trailer Commercial Driver, along with many other business interests, he enjoys a successful consulting business, also sitting on various Boards of both industry associations a private motor carriers. He is also Co-Founder of StakUp O/A TCAinGauge an online bench marking service designed to assist trucking companies throughout North America focus on efficiency and profitability within their operations. All posts by Ray Haight